Every once in a while an enormous wolf spider startles us when we go downstairs and flip on a light. We call him “Wolfie”. Fortunately, most of the time he (Wolfie might be a she) stays out of sight and is helpful because (s)he eats other critters that inhabit homes with humans. Spiders are just […]
A creative family on 29th St. Drive SE decorated an old Stump over a period of months. The stump even survived the first round of construction and then, had to go. It’s kind of sad because the stumps livened up our drives to and from work. So, here is a memory lane and thanks to […]
On a splendid late July day we packed up food, loaded the canoe, paddles and life jackets and headed out to explore the Odessa Water Trail. It’s one of Iowa’s several water trails and part of a larger system of water trails in the Midwest. What a blast! Two hours south of Cedar Rapids the The Odessa […]
We like opossums and are always happy to see one shuffling off when we startle it after dark. This amazing animal gets too little respect and appreciation by people who consider them dirty, stupid, and ugly. They are just the opposite! Opossums are doing something right. They’re survivors who have been on the planet far […]
Nearly everyone who feeds birds across the eastern United States enjoys luring the black capped chickadee, white breasted nuthatch, downy woodpecker, goldfinch, and cardinal to the yard. All are fascinating nonmigrating birds of deciduous forests and suburbia. We love all these birds but especially enjoy the tufted titmouse. The titmouse also loves living in suburban […]
To: Robert Dix, Brad Duggan, and Lisa Henderson (all helped us with photovolotaic) What we’ve learned from our PV System This week our photovoltaic system has given us a great learning opportunity. We’ve now had several crystal clear days and the envision monitoring system clearly shows the electric production hour per hour. It’s […]
A collection of labyrinths I visited and walked across the country in 2016.